Italy was of course the "Cradle of the Renaissance", the first place (it was not a state at that time) to seriously revisit the classical past. The interest began in the 14th century and persisted for several hundreds of years. Most of the photos are from the 14th to 16th centuries. This movement took a long time to spread to other parts of Europe.


Cassone panel showing The Continence of Scipio. A cassone was a marriage chest containing the dowry of a renaissance woman. 1463 - 1465. V and A Museum, London


Cassone with procession. I have had to reconstruct the head area due to a deep shadow. 1430-1460. V and A Museum, London.


Effigies from tomb of Marchese Spinetta Malaspina a condottiere (mercenary captain). He wears contemporary clothes but the other figures wear Roman dress. 1430-1435. V and A museum, London


Marco Barbarigo Venetian Consul in London. 1449-50. V and A Museum, London


Fresco by Botticelli. Renaissance woman in red gown given gifts by the three graces. Late 15th century. Louvre Museum, Paris


Fresco of by Botticelli. This is interesting for the variety of gowns, hairstyles and veils. Late 15th century. Louvre Museum, Paris


Two women one wearing a gown with long dagged sleeves and a grillanda. The other, older, wears a dark gown and covering veil. Gentile da Fabbriano. Early 15th century. Louvre Museum, Paris.


Eastern dress from St Stephen Preaching by Vittore Carpaccio. Venetians as a trading nation would have been very familiar with overseas styles. late 15th Century. Louvre Museum, Paris.


Crowd from Resurrection of the boy 1483-85 by Domenico Ghirlandaio in Santa Caterina, Florence.


Crowd of men from Resurrection of the boy by Domenico Ghirlandaio 1483-5 in Santa Caterina, Florence


Lorenzo di Medici with the Sassetti family. 1483-5. By Domenico Ghirlandaio in Santa Caterina, Florence


Pope Sixtus IV refounding the Vatican Library 1471 by Melozzo da Forli. Vatican Museum, Rome


Group of men probably from the Medici bank in Rome. Fresco by Domenico Ghirlandaio 1481 in Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome.


Funeral portrait of citizen. Fifteenth century. Opera del Duomo, Prato


St Augustine Departing for Milan by Benozzo Gozzoli. The fresco shows a variety of male clothes of the mid-15th century. San Agostino Church in San Gigmignano


Embroidered early 16th century mitre. V and A museum, London


Late 16th century embroidered mitre. V and A Museum, London


A pair of extremely tall chopines from Venice. These originated as way of keeping expensive gowns out of the filth in the streets. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France.


A more normal pair of chopines with embroidery. Venetian. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France.


Cassone of about 1460 with a procession of men and musicians. Florence or Siena. V and A Museum, London


Marriage or betrothal from cassone c 1460. Florence or Siena. Florence or Siena. V and A Museum, London


A piece of Italian silk in red and yellow. 16th century. V and A Museum, Lonodn.


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